eCLIC-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Project: eCLIC

Summary: eCLIC applies wireless broadband technology to help create "Connected, Protected and Educated Communities".

Since 2005, eCLIC (the Emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center) evangelizes the development of democratized innovations and collaborative leadership to help create “Connected, Protected & Educated Communities” (CPEC) worldwide; primarily via the use of wireless broadband Internet Protocol-based networks and applications.

LINC

The first eCLIC pilot project; the LIVERMORE INFO NET COLLABOARATIVE (LINC) is underway. This collaboration includes Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Dept., Livermore Police Dept, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Sandia Labs, and others. LINC was successfully demonstrated during district-wide emergency drills in April and November 2007. For the first time, collaborative managers remotely viewed live video and sensors inputs on interactive map-based Common Operational Picture computer screens. The wireless high speed network also provided connections for the local community's "tent city" that was developing on the school fields (the Loma Prieta earthquake actually created such "tent cities" on school grounds in California).
A key project of eClic is LINC (Livermore Info Net Collaborative), set up to use Livermore schools as a base for community information and emergency communication network. Its goals were to:

  • Show that schools will serve as Wireless Community Comms & Collaboration Hubs, plus…disaster relief sites…for all
  • Show useful, reliable, survivable Wireless Broadband (W/LBB) Communications for : Emergency Services, Security, Education, Administration, Community Collaboration
  • Leverage organizations, assets, strategic locations, prior investments & projects
  • Show that schools will serve as Wireless Community Comms & Collaboration Hubs, plus…disaster relief sites…for all
  • Show useful, reliable, survivable Wireless Broadband (W/LBB) Communications for : Emergency Services, Security, Education, Administration, Community Collaboration
  • Leverage organizations, assets, strategic locations, prior investments & projects

The LINC project's key elements are:

  •  School buildings/grounds and adjacent  community areas are covered by a W/LBB Internet Protocol (IP) “cloud”
  •  Authorized LINC collaborators (School District, Fire, Police, Others) access  IP enabled applications & devices (Cameras, Sensors, etc.)
  • Info is on a COP (Common Operational Picture), a visual Collaboration Tool
  • Key : Collaboration & Communications
  • Leverage pre-positioning, frequent use, prep.

The project successfully marshalled multiple collaborators under the direction of Mr. Pat Lanthier:

  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
  • Livermore / Pleasanton Fire Dept.
  •  Livermore Police Dept.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL)
  • US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
  • Sandia Labs
  • Trapeze Networks
  • Cal. Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Rivera/Lanthier & Associates
  • IPS, SAIC, SYS Technologies

SeCLIC

SeCLIC, the STANFORD EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION CENTER is the second eCLIC program under development. SeCLIC has convened several meetings and a successful LINC-like demonstration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (in May 2007, with the addition of underground wireless video via small “breadcrumbs” radios). Both daily campus/community protection applications and advanced emergency management were demonstrated. SeCLIC is open to all interested parties and our meetings include police, fire, military, and emergency services leaders. Currently, SeCLIC is led by volunteers from Palo Alto Fire Dept. (R. Hull), SLAC (R. Reek), the Stanford University Environmental Health & Safety Group (K. Perry), and the WCA eCLIC chairman (P. Lanthier). No further demos are scheduled, however talks continue.

Principles

User-centered "democratized innovation" principles guide eCLIC projects (see MIT's Dr. Eric von Hippel's work). SeCLIC, LINC, and eCLIC leverage investments from, and experience with, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Information Technology Evaluation Program, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Hastily Formed Networks program, the National Incident Management System, the Golden Gate Safety Network, CalOES, and other national and international efforts...using today's technologies.

For more information, contact: Pat Lanthier